Homemade Desk Calendar

Since we are already a few weeks into January, I recently realized that I needed a 2014 calendar.  Although I haven’t been feeling too crafty lately, I summoned up all of my create prowess and built a personalized calendar. I really like how it turned out.


I started by creating the calendar layout in Adobe InDesign.  The bottom half of each page contains the calendar days, and the top contains an image.  I used Adobe Photoshop to create images with an important personal significance. Each image contains a photo of a city that is special to me.  Then I superimposed a map of that city and colorized the resulting image.  For instance, February is an image of Albuquerque.  That is where I was born.  Similarly, March is a photo of New York City, because that is where Joey was born.


I printed the pages out on presentation paper, which is sturdier than regular paper.


I decided that the calendar should be a desk calendar, so I created a stand from an empty cereal box. I folded the cereal box into a triangle shape, and made some cosmetic tweaks, such as lining the edges with washi tape. To complete the calendar, I punched two holes on the top of the stand and each page, and then threaded string through the holes.


That is all it took to create a wonderful, personalized calendar.   If you want to print your own calendar, then you are in luck.  I am including two downloadable pdf files.  One is an exact copy of the calendar featured in this post.  I’m also including a blank template.  You can print it out and customize it by pasting in whatever images you choose.

Full Calendar

Blank Template

Happy crafting!

3 Comments on Homemade Desk Calendar

  1. Eva
    September 6, 2015 at 8:56 am (5 years ago)

    Hello! Did you use the normal A4 size paper or a smaller size? It looks great! :)

    • Kathryn
      September 12, 2015 at 7:40 pm (5 years ago)

      I did use the A4 size paper to print it. Then I used an exacto knife to cut it to a smaller size.


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